- During cancer treatment the most useful activities were relaxation, massage, cognitive behavioural therapy combined with physical activity, resistance training, aerobic activity and yoga; and
- After cancer treatment had finished the most useful activities were yoga, cognitive behavioural therapy alone or combined with physical therapy, tai-chi, resistance training and aerobic exercise.
Rarely does a study comes out and say that chemotherapy is not needed; that it does not reduce the likelihood of the cancer coming back and does not increase survival.
But that is exactly what has happened in a large trial on breast cancer patients with hormone-receptor–positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)–negative, axillary node–negative breast cancer, who would have until now, been given what is known as adjuvant chemotherapy.
Adjuvant chemotherapy is chemotherapy which is given after a potentially curative procedure (in the case of breast cancer this is surgery) to mop up any remaining cancer cells in the body that we can’t see. It’s a tricky business. We’ve …